Magazine #12

4 drills to improve “FOCUS” change

As goalkeeping coaches, have we ever wondered if the goalkeeper’s actions usually trigger other actions that can reveal a repetitive order of play? Here are four drills that reproduce some of the most repeated sequences that the goalkeeper faces during a game.

Belgium VS Spain, Madrid VS Athletic de Bilbao, Courtois VS Unai Simón

Two of the best goalkeepers in the world meet again in the same stadium. Unai Simón for Athletic Bilbao and the Spanish national soccer team, and Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and the Belgian national team. In this article we analyse their performances, some of them decisive for the final outcome of the match. Undoubtedly, two world-class goalkeepers who, despite their imposing physique and wingspan, do not leave anyone indifferent with their tactical solvency and their unselfishness with their footwork.

Jan Oblack 2 – 3 Alisson Becker: analysis

The group stage of Europe’s top competition, the Champions League, has resumed and with it we can once again enjoy the play of the best goalkeepers in the world. In this case, the competition brings us the clash of two giants of the old continent, Atlético de Madrid and Liverpool and, consequently, two of the best goalkeepers in the world: Alisson and Oblak. In this article we analyse the most outstanding actions of both goalkeepers and answer the question that every goalkeeping coach asks himself at the end of a match: Was my goalkeeper decisive?

Reflections on the pre-match warm-up for the football goalkeeper

As goalkeeping coaches, do we design the best possible warm-up so that our goalkeepers enter the game 100% prepared? Do we cover all the sections that a complete warm-up requires, or do we simply carry out technical sequences so that the goalkeeper warms up? Below, we offer you a deeper reflection on the true usefulness of the warm-up and the orientation we are committed to in order to design a specific warm-up for our goalkeepers.

50-50 ball “in extremis”

The 50/50 ball in extremis inside the box with no clear advantage for any player is a very common situation in competition and, at the same time, difficult for the goalkeeper to solve. In general, goalkeepers are very good at diving and sliding to catch a low or medium ball, even from a long way out. But then, what is the problem, why do goalkeepers fail in this type of situation week after week, is it a technical, tactical, psychological, physical cause?

Differentiating ability in goalkeeper power: stiffness

In the following article we debunk a false myth: The strength a goalkeeper is able to develop is not only a consequence of the ability of his muscles to generate tension. It also depends, almost as much, on the ability of his tendons to become rigid and store elastic-explosive energy. This concept is known as “stiffness”.

The star reference for goalkeepers: the goal

Direct play through long passes to the back of the defence taking advantage of high blocks, increasingly fashionable in modern football, has led to new demands being placed on goalkeepers. Intercepting or not intercepting balls into space and, above all, how to reference when it is necessary to move back, are key to successfully resolving these actions by the opposition. In this article we summarise what we consider to be the most important items to be taken into account by our goalkeepers in order to achieve success.

New technologies applied to goalkeeping training

Anyone who is involved in sport, especially football, is aware and has witnessed how in just a few years this world is changing at the same time as new tools are appearing to facilitate and improve daily work. In this article we want to bring goalkeeping coaches closer to the new technologies that have been developed and that we believe are more useful to improve goalkeeping training.

Must the goalkeeper always come off his line? Keys to improve 50-50 ball challenges

When competing, there is no doubt about this: 50-50 ball situations, outside or inside the goal box, are one of the most common scenarios a goalkeeper must deal with during a match. That said, we must think about it as goalkeeping coaches and ask some questions. How do we train 50-50 balls situations? Does our guidance help the goalies to better read and make decisions when facing these situations? Do we need the same technical-tactical skill with a 50-50 ball inside/outside the goal box?